Noem: House to appoint Farm Bill conferees
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), a member of the House Ag Committee, said she has received an assurance from Speaker of the House John Boehner that he will appoint House conferees within the next week to the House-Senate Farm Bill conference committee. The naming of House conferees will allow formal Farm Bill conference negotiations to begin, bringing the Farm Bill one step closer to completion.
The recent blizzard in South Dakota, which killed an estimated 60,000 head of cattle, has added urgency for lawmakers in the region. Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) wrote letters calling for action from Boehner and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, including reauthorization of livestock disaster programs, and opening of USDA Farm Service Agency offices to assist affected livestock producers.